A Kenyan university has partnered with jp.ik, a Portuguese ICT firm, to launch desktop computers, laptops, servers and NUCs targeting to serve SMEs, Higher education students and faculty, government as well as enterprise companies across the region.
Moi University is the second university after JKUAT which assembles a local brand dubbed Taifa. JKUAT launches its Taifa brand in Kenya four years ago.
The devices are being assembled at the MU technologies Digital Assembly Plant based in Moi University’s Rivatex complex in Eldoret town.
Speaking during the launch, the Vice Chancellor of Moi University, Prof. Isaac Kosgey said,” Our next frontier is to diversify our portfolio to include a broader range that will appeal to local businesses and consumers. As a university, we are proving that Kenya has the skills and capacity to build local technology that can compete on a global stage.”
The new products namely MU Fortune Slim Book and MU Trigono which are both 360° convertible laptops, MU Fortune Slim desktop, MU Fortune Liva Z Plus Vpro which is a mini PC, MU Fortune desktop, MU Fortune All in One, MU Fortune Workstation and MU Fortune Workbook run on the latest Intel based technology and Microsoft’s Windows 10. They are designed to appeal to the young spirits and on the go users.
The Intel® Core™ laptops which will retail from Ksh 50,0000 have over 11 hrs battery life and are designed to be elegant, sleek and light.
“We will work with local and regional companies that have a wide distribution network of consumer goods and an interest in distributing and selling ICT devices. We are able to customize our devices based on customers’ demand which gives us a competitive edge over what is already in the market,” Nick Broda, jp.ik’s Head of Sales Worldwide said.